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White House Releases Summary Of Six-month Iran Nuclear Plan

The White House is pictured at sunset in Washington, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed "It is the preference of the IAEA that certain technical aspects of the technical understandings remain confidential," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. For an online version of the summary, click: r.reuters.com/puc26v Under the deal, Iran agreed to stop production of 20 percent enriched uranium on or by Monday, January 20, and to begin diluting half of its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium. Over the next six months, the IAEA will verify a series of other curbs on enrichment and use of centrifuges. Iran is not allowed to commission or fuel the Arak reactor, and must stop producing and testing fuel for the reactor, the summary said. At the end of the six-month period, Iran will agree to "a cap on the permitted size of Iran's up to 5 percent enriched uranium stockpile," the summary said. IAEA inspectors will visit the Natanz and Fordow uranium enrichment sites daily, including both scheduled and unannounced inspections. Inspectors will visit the Arak reactor at least monthly, up from the current pace of one every three months, or longer. Iran agreed to provide design information for the Arak reactor and other access to related facilities, the summary said.
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Boehner: House Won't Repeal Flood Insurance Hikes

Owners of vacation homes, frequently flooded properties and businesses are losing their subsidized insurance rates over time under the revamped program. Others can keep their subsidies but can't pass them on when selling their houses, which has caused a disruption in home sales. Homeowners whose properties are not considered to be in much danger of flooding face the prospect of huge premium increases when the Federal Emergency Management Agency updates flood maps. A provision aimed at delaying rate increases for these "grandfathered" properties is included in the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that's advancing quickly through Congress. Asked about the legislation during a hallway exchange with The Associated Press in the Capitol complex, Boehner said "we're not going to do that" and added he's willing to consider more modest, unspecified changes to the flood program. In a statement issued later by his office, the Ohio Republican said: "While I don't support repealing the 2012 law, we're listening to members and the alternative ideas they are offering on this issue. There have been ongoing discussions with members, and the House may consider changes to the law in the weeks and months ahead that both help homeowners and protect taxpayers." The issue is of great concern to lawmakers representing coastal areas. The Senate will shortly take up legislation to delay major elements of the law, and the legislation is expected to pass easily. Boehner's position and opposition from the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep.
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Kentucky house passes bill restoring some felons' voting rights

"The right to vote is a sacred one in our country and it is the very foundation of our republic," Paul said in a statement Thursday that praised House passage of the measure. "I urge the Kentucky Senate to act on this very important issue." Paul spokesman Daniel Bayens said earlier this week that the senator expected to speak in favor of the measure at a Senate committee hearing later in the General Assembly session. Thayer said state Senate leaders are discussing the possibility of a hearing on the issue. "If we have a hearing on the bill, we'd like to accommodate his schedule," Thayer said. Thayer said he's looking at offering his own election-related bill, which would require Kentuckians to present valid IDs before gaining access to the polls. He didn't offer any specifics, saying he's still formulating the legislation. "There are people who feel strongly about the restoration of felon voting rights," he said.
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